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Lorna Sheridan: Education Roundup June 20

Cars at the Raceway: “Cars 3” comes to life at Sonoma Raceway during the Toyota/Save Mart 350 from June 23 to 25. Young NASCAR fans can picture themselves with life-sized versions of the big-screen characters in a interactive “Cars 3” display and there will be kids autograph sessions, an air show, music and a Kids Club area. It will also be Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s last race in Sonoma. Tickets are $35 on Saturday and $49 on Sunday. Kids ages 12 and under are free on Friday and Saturday, and just $10 on Sunday.

Almost-free camp: Have you enrolled your child into a summer camp? If not, La Luz Center is partnering up with Sonoma Land Trust to offer a great one-week outdoor day camp in July for kids ages 7 to 10 years old for only $25. For an application, visit La Luz, or call 938-5131 for more information.

Pet camp: Pets Lifeline’s summer camp program is adding two new instructors: Sassarini pre-school teacher Danielle Smith, and El Verano pre-school teacher Mary Sporrong-Kraft (as well as long-time humane education director Mary Green). The weekly camps are from June 12 to August 18, for students 6 to 11 years of age. Some weeks will welcome preschoolers as well. Activities include art projects, games and learning to care for kittens, cats, puppies and dogs. Tuition is $125 per week. petslifeling.org.

Farm camp: Another camp that did not make my master list was Farm Tots. The Studdert Family Farm offers farm camps all summer for children aged 2.5 to 9 years old. Activities include caring for sheep, chickens and various farm animals, gardening, climbing trees, building forts, arts and crafts, sports and old-fashioned unstructured play. Kids spend all their time outdoors. Email Cindy at cindystuddert49@gmail.com to check availability.

Clay and Spanish camps: Sonoma Community Center’s Ceramics Program will host a bilingual Meso American Art Camp beginning July 31 and a Clay Camp & Tea Party (with some help from Ramekins) beginning August 7. The camps run $175 for members/ $195 for non-members and have a limited enrollment. Register asap. Email Kala@sonomacommunitycenter.org about aid. Website sonomacommunitycenter.org

Family night: Transcendence Theatre Co.’s “Fantastical Family Night” is set for July 14 and 15 at Jack London State Park. Pre-show picnics begin at 5 p.m.; shows at 7:30 pm. Special youth prices start at $32 at BestNightEver.org. $5 of every ticket sold benefits the Park.

Family cycling: On Saturday, July 15, the City of Sonoma is sponsoring a free one-day bicycle training event at the Community Center from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The first part takes place on a blacktop, where adults and children receive instruction on safe cycling strategies and practice riding through drills and maneuvers. The second portion is a supervised bike ride with traffic. Register online at bikesonoma.org/family-bike-workshops

Ride-A-Rig: The Junior League of Napa and Sonoma (who knew?) is hosting a “Ride A Rig” event for kids from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa on Sunday, June 25. Children can see and touch a wide array of big-rig vehicles. Tickets are $5.50 online at ljlns.org or at the door. Children under 2 are free.

Fun at ArtEscape: Learn about art materials and techniques, make new friends and meet local families at a free bilingual art workshop for all ages from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday June 25. Also coming up are Art Escape’s teen nights. Bring a friend and create art in a safe and welcoming environment. Specific media and/or techniques will be presented or students can work independently on a self-directed project with instructors as consultants. Every Friday, June 30 to August 4, from 7 to 10 p.m. Free and it includes pizza. The classes are sponsored by Sonoma Rotary and Redwood Credit Union.

Congratulations: Alex Garber, the high school student who made it possible for local LGBT seniors to join with the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) contingent in Sonoma’s 4th of July parade for two consecutive years, is being honored for her leadership role in supporting LGBT students at SVHS. She is being presented with a scholarship by Sonoma Valley Peace and Justice.

The is the last Our Schools page and Education Roundup column of the 2016-2017 school year. We’ll be on hiatus over the summer, returning Tuesday, Aug. 8. In the meantime, continue to send comments, questions and story ideas to ourschools@sonomanews.com.